Social Impact

First Dutch Social Impact Bond Successful

The first social impact bond was launched in the Netherlands on 19 December 2013. ABN AMRO and Start Foundation have invested 680,000 euros in the Rotterdam initiative Buzinezzclub. This company is helping 160 unemployed youth in Rotterdam with no basic qualifications get a job or go back to school, enabling them to move off state benefits faster. Read more »

Published: February 8, 2016.

Infographic: How you can summarise SROI

Visually this is a great summary of an SROI. I am, however, struggling to find the time scale that the return occurs over. Without a time scale it is impossible to calculate a Rate of Return. Read more »

Published: October 14, 2015.

Global Citizenship Programme competitors and winners

This year’s Global Citizenship Programme, run by UCL Advances was inspiring. Read about some of the competitors and award winnershere, MOD GC Enterprise Poster Redo Read more »

Published: July 21, 2015.

Influences on Social Impact Measurement

Here is a great  infographic from the SIAA (Social Impact Analysts Association) and the SROI Network. Read more »

Published: May 1, 2015.

“Tailor-made: How community groups improve people’s lives” published

The Community Development Foundation (CDF)  has published the first overall, national picture of the value community groups create.   The research found that community groups are able to develop ‘tailor-made‘ support for people in their communities, complementing statutory services because they have the flexibility to meet specific needs. For more information on the value community groups create download these reports: building safer communities:  They prevent crime, support victims of crime and support ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives improving the physical environment: They maintain and improve the physical environment  including parks, allotments and buildings enhancing health and wellbeing: They tackle the wider causes of poor Read more »

Published: October 29, 2014.

Social Finance Reports

For those of you interested in Social Impact Bonds (SIMs) here are a couple of resources  have come across recently on the Social Finance website. The first is a quick guide to SIBs. The seconds is a set of infographics giving an overview of current SIBs around the world.   Read more »

Published: August 28, 2014.

World’s first Social Impact Bond Results

As reported today by the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) the first SIB results are now in the public domain. “With a 8.4% reduction rate in re-offending versus the control group, the minimum hurdle of 7.5% reduction has triggered the repayment of investor capital, along with a modest return, meaning the bond has surpassed the minimum threshold and is considered a success.” Although the EVPA and other impact investing commentators trumpet the success and returns (see the excerpt above) they seem to gloss over the bumpy journey including government intervention to prematurely end the programme. As a proof of concept, Read more »

Published: August 28, 2014.

A Belgian Première: A Social Impact Bond To Tackle Unemployment In Brussels

The first Belgian Social Impact Bond (and one of the first on the European continent) has been officially launched. This achievement was reached in a record timing of less than a year, by an informal team of professionals including EVPA member Kois Invest. Read more »

Published: April 30, 2014.

DCMS research report on quantifying social impact published

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has commissioned the London School of Economics (LSE) to publish a two-part research report, Quantifying the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport, which develops the evidence base on the social impact of engagement in both culture and sport. Read more »

Published: April 25, 2014.

Impact Investment and Risk

This week Bridges Ventures have released Shifting the Lens: A De-risking Toolkit for Impact Investment.  This is a brief (19 page) overview of approaches to reduce the risk of investment in social organisations. this includes capital, profit and impact risk among others. Also included is a comparison cu m summary of current impact investment products.   Read more »

Published: January 28, 2014.

International SE and practical SROI

Some of you may know I was at last Thursday’s Context Master Class on Social Impact in Utrecht organised by Context, International Cooperation (CIC) moderated by Fons van der Velden. I had the good fortune to nbe able to listen to two interesting presentations. The first was from Prof. Dr. Ir. Gert van Dijk on social entrepreneurship put in the broader international context of social and economic development, and the second was from Pol De Greve on practical SROI. At the end of the session Fons officially launched the CIC SROI Guide 2.0. Contact CIC directly to get a copy. Read more »

Published: September 26, 2013.

Context Master Class on Social Impact Utrecht

At last Thursday’s Context Master Class on Social Impact in Utrecht organised by Context, International Cooperation (CIC) I gave keynote presentation on the state and context of the social enterprise and blended value sector in the UK. I ended my presentation with the main challenges and opportunities for social enterprises in the UK as I see them. Recognising, quantifying and communicating value Being able to identify the different forms of value that social enterprises create including financial, social and environmental value. This is something that many commercial organisations struggle with Delivering this impact in a replicable and verifiable way. Can you deliver the Read more »

Published: September 26, 2013.

Red Ochre speaking at the Context Master Class in Utrecht

On Thursday 18th September Robert will be speaking on UK Social Enterprise in Context at the Context Master Class (CMC) in Utrecht. The purpose of the CMC series is to contribute to the field of social entrepreneurship by tackling some of the overarching themes within the sector. This particular CMC is focused on developments in regard to social impact measurement. Also speaking will be Pol De Greve on Social Impact Measurement and Prof. Gerd van Dijk of Nyenrode University on how social entrepreneurship can provide a valuable alternative for traditional development approaches. Read more »

Published: September 18, 2013.

The Social Stock Exchange, the importance of defining social impact

The Social Stock Exchange (SSE) was launched in early June with the aim to connect Social Impact Businesses with investors looking to generate social or environmental change as well as financial return from their investment. The exchange, however,  is not a trading platform (an exchange per se) but an online portal through which investors are provided with the information they need to identify and compare those organisations that deliver value to society and the environment. Read more »

Published: June 17, 2013.

Free workshop: Measuring & communicating your impact

When: Tuesday 26th February 2013 Where: IP Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB Read more »

Published: January 31, 2013.